This is a guide on how to install ASReview for Windows.
Check if Python is installed
This section explains how to install Python on your computer. The ASReview software runs with Python in the background. Therefore, running ASReview requires having Python 3.6+ installed. Knowledge about Python is not necessary to run ASReview. To start ASReview you have to open the Command Line Interface (CLI). The CLI allows you to interact with your computer directly and is operated by text inputs (commands), rather than through a graphical interface with clickable buttons. If this is the first time you’re working in the CLI, don’t worry, as this tutorial will guide you through all the steps.
Several users encounter issues with installing ASReview since a recent upgrade of Windows due to an issue with the
numpydependency. Windows recently released a new version which, unfortunately, breaks all kinds of packages, including
numpy. Numpy is a library for Python used by thousands of software packages including ASReview. If you recently upgraded windows you might encounter an error about
numpywhen installing ASReview. If so, you can find a solution on our Github page. Please let us know (via Github) if it solved your issue or if you found a different solution – MANY THANKS!
Step 1: open cmd.exe (Command Prompt)
To open the CLI, open the search field of Windows and enter
Step 2: check if python is installed
Check if Python is already installed on your computer. Within the CLI execute the following command (i.e., copy-paste this line of text and press enter):
The command should return a message you have a Python version 3.6 or higher, but lower than 3.9 (to avoid dependency errors). If so, proceed with Step 4.
If the Python version is different or if the command returns something like
IMPORTANT: during the installation process make sure to check the box to add Python to your PATH environment variable:
Step 3: install Python
To install Python;
If your Python version is 3.6 or higher but lower than 3.9, you can start installing the ASReview on your computer.
Step 4: install ASReview
2. If ASReview was successfully installed this command should return a bunch of text of which the last line is something like:
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The plugin will be available automatically upon launching ASReview.
Step 5: Open ASReview
Execute the following in the Command prompt (
Be aware the software requires the data to be in a specific format, so be prepared!